December 5th, 2007
01:45 PM ET
15 years ago

Huckabee faces scrutiny for involvement in rapist parole

Newly published letters are raising questions about how much then-Gov. Huckabee knew about a rapist's history.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As he surges in polls, Mike Huckabee is facing renewed scrutiny over his role in the parole of a convicted rapist who raped and killed a woman after his release.

The murdered woman's mother, Lois Davidson, said she will "absolutely campaign against" Huckabee, and said she decided to come forward when he started doing well in the polls.

"It's because he is a serious contender," Davidson said. "I didn't think he had a chance, but now he's right up there in Iowa."

Huckabee, during his first term as Arkansas governor, expressed support for the parole of Wayne DuMond in a letter to him.

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- CNN’s Dana Bash and Alexander Mooney contributed to this report

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soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Releasing a murderer because you think he is reformed etc is one thing, but releasing this murderer for the personal reason that you did not like a person, Bill Clinton, is outrageous.

    But then look at Bush and his slight of the Special Olympics just because it was an organization sponsored by the Kennedys is another example of the Republican mentality. SPITE, SPITE SPITE.

    But guess what this spite by Huckabee is coming back to bite him in the butt and rightfully so.

    December 5, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Disgusted at Mike Huckabee, Tampa

    way to go idiot!!! yes that's just what we need a president that pardons rapist! he has my vote!!! I mean that in the most sarcastic way possible.

    December 5, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. Jeb, Austin, Tx

    This sounds really iffy, and it also sounds like a feeble attempt to undermine a candidate.

    December 5, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Jim, Orange Park, Florida

    I don't see why there should be any outrage over his parole of a rapist serving a life sentence. We parole monsters like this every day. Just watch any episode of America's Most Wanted. And voters will continue to vote for the people that release these rapists. We must like that sort of thing in America.

    December 5, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Tamica, Houston, TX

    This man obviously cannot be trusted to listen to the voices of respectable citizens in his community and instead listens to the desires of his friends. If you research this case you will find that Dumond was converted by a minister that is friends with Huckabee. And now Huckabee is LYING about the amount of information he had prior to the release of Dumond: LYING. I've had enough with policitians trying to cover thier butts by lying to the American people. TELL THE TRUTH AND SHAME THE DEVIL, HUCKABEE! You knew this man was dangerous, yet you released him anyway at the behest of your friends!!

    December 5, 2007 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Doug, New Jersey

    If there is strong undeniable evidence that a person has commited rape or murder, they should never be let out of jail, ever!!!

    Hukabee seems to have a liberal streak in him, otherwise this wouldn't have happened. It is the left who likes to release these people so that they can commit the same crime again, we need the right to be the sane party on dealing with such evil people.

    December 5, 2007 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. jt, okc

    This issue is not as simple as the media is presenting it.

    You have take into context the Arkansas politics, the fact that a good majority of people doubted the accounts to begin with, the fact that Dumond was castrated by two attackers while waiting on bond, and the involvement of Clinton, Tucker and other politicians on this issue.

    December 5, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Huckabee is not a winning candidate. If he wins the Republican nomination, Hillary automatically wins the general election.

    December 5, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. J. Williamson, Buffalo, NY

    Huckabee even offered up the lame excuse that it was the fault of – you guessed it! – Bill Clinton! This Republican crowd has absolutely no shame and, apparently, NEVER makes mistakes. Just taking the cue from Geo. Bush, it seems.

    December 5, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. Jim Gregory, bethlehem, Pa

    Anyone that has ever a Governor at one time or another will always be faced with these types of decisions. Although they might have gotten 99% of them right, they are always attacked for the 1% they missed. Although it is extremely upsetting that this occurred it is far from an isolated incident. The only way to ever stop it from occuring is to not parole prisoners..Ever? That would be insane..
    The guy is the only sincere politico out there..It certainly didn't take his opponents long to try to crush him..

    December 5, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. rob

    No official is gonna be perfect, people! If you're expecting perfection, you're ALWAYS gonna be disappointed. I don't support Huckabee but my problems with him are substantive and have basis in reality. If you believe the world should be perfect, you should probably move to North Korea and worship the Dear Leader.

    December 5, 2007 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Andy DeWitt Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    Typical politician making decisions about the Criminal Justice System of which they know nothing about. These decisions affect the taxpaying community and the employees in the system. This is why we have all the ridiculous sex offender laws that do nothing to prevent these offenses but instead flood the Criminal Justice System with unproductive policies so less attention is paid to other criminal matters. They should leave these decisions to the professionals and allow these professionals who actually know about offenders the discretion to decide how they handle these people.

    December 5, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Ann, Hot Springs, Arkansas

    There are many other issues regarding Huckabee in the state of Arkansas. I suggest someone do some more digging. I am surprised you have just now found this out. This is just an example of his poor judgement. He made decisions in our state based on his religious philosophy.

    December 5, 2007 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Grant, Rochester, NY

    The Wayne Dumond story is the biggest challenge that Huckabee faces. Its always been out there, but most people don't know about it.

    It will be interesting to see how it affects him going forward, because its not really a story that you can put a lot of spin on.

    December 5, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Cory, Pittsburgh, PA

    ... And now to see if he can fall as fast as he rose....

    December 5, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    Well, there's your pro-life candidate. Too bad he couldn't have been pro-life sentences.

    December 5, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. joseph, austin,tx

    huckabee needs to address this, because this sounds real bad for him, if what is said is true.

    December 5, 2007 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Beckster

    Yes, Gov. Huckabee definitely made a mistake on this one. And he is the first one to admit it. But it will not keep me from voting for him. He unfortunately made a bad decision. While it is true that he didn't "officially pardon" the rapist, he did wish for the guy to be freed. After all, the guy had been castrated before he was sentenced by people seeking vigilantee justice, and was already serving a sentence longer than the avg. rapist. I personally would like convicted rapists to serve life in prison. People are going to make a big deal of this but you know he is not going to make the same mistake again, so I am not going to get too worked up over it.

    December 5, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. rick h, Pittsburgh, PA

    This Huckabee-scoundrel let a convicted child rapist serving life out to recommit rape AND MURDER: Huck said " one could've known" what he would do. Well, we KNEW what he did and Huckabee is complicent to a MURDER because he caused it! He's just as bad as Hitlery Rodhard Clinton - and neither are remotely qualified to be President of this country!

    December 5, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  20. Matt, Springfield, MO

    Sounds like a typical leader of the christian conservatives.

    December 5, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Anonymous

    CNN quoting the Huffington Post. Priceless..

    December 5, 2007 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. Greg, Phoenix, AZ


    Add this to the following and you have MAJOR problems:

    1) Pro-Amnesty for illegal immigration
    2) Poor tax record
    3) Doesn't believe in evolution
    4) No experience whatsoever in foreign policy

    This one should be over fairly quickly.

    December 5, 2007 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. aj huntington ny

    Now let's hear some lib who was in favor of pardoning convicted killer Tookie Williams come up with a reason why Huckabee shouldn't have pardoned this guy

    December 5, 2007 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois


    December 5, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. chris, Chicago, IL

    Huck. Seriosly, check the headlines last week. They were talking about what was going to be the next ad that killed the candidate. They used the example of Dukakis. That was last week. Now they are swinging you into this clamshell. Dukakis didn't lose because he gave a party pass to some rapist, he lost because this oil plunder has been on the agenda for 20(00) years, it's just that Bush Sr. couldn't figure out that ya need a little whack in the head to get these Christians on the vigilante spill. Would you tell them that for me?

    December 5, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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